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Surprise! Kardashians release a subdued Christmas card featuring Kris Jenner's grandkids

For once, the Kardashians have kept it simple, unveiling their annual holiday card featuring the family's youngest members.

Gone are the lavish sets, ornate costumes, heavy makeup and frankly nonholiday productions that the reality TV family has trotted out for Christmases past. This year's image features only momager Kris Jenner's grandchildren: Kim Kardashian's daughter North, 2, and Kourtney Kardashian's three kids, Mason, 6, Penelope, 3, and Reign, 1.

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Absent from this year's photo is the clan's latest addition, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's son Saint, whom they welcomed this month.

The wee foursome, each one dressed in black (we're still talking Kardashians after all), is seated together against a plain white studio backdrop. Kim and Kourtney unveiled the card Wednesday on Twitter with the caption, "All you need is love. Merry Christmas!," and other family members readily retweeted it, including Jenner, who added the hashtags #PureJoy and #ourangels.

They did not say who snapped the portrait, but in years past the fam has tapped high-end fashion photographers, including David LaChappelle's for 2013's surreal interpretation and Nick Saglimbeni's dramatic group shots of 20102011 and 2012. Click here for more.

"This year, especially the last couple months, was so hectic that it was hard to arrange a full family shoot. Showing the kids alone seemed like the perfect thing to do," a source told E! News, whose cable network airs the family's reality series.

In the past, they've used separate shoots and Photoshop to get the whole gang together in the picture.

The family, which also includes newly transitioned Caitlyn Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, model Kendall Jenner and social-media maven Kylie Jenner, did not release a holiday card last year.

They "ran out of time" to release the card in 2014, Kim previously said. But that was also around the time when the Jenners were finalizing their divorce after 22 years of marriage.

Previous iterations of the card have included Kim's ex-husband Kris Humphries; Khloe's husband, Lamar Odom, who has been hospitalized since October; and Kourtney's on-off boyfriend Scott Disick, the father of her three kids.

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